This whole not homeschooling thing is going okay. Of course it is day two, so time will tell.
We made dice bags this morning. And we used them this afternoon as our Rugrats started their first gaming session in our new campaign.
For those of you who are curious, we are using 5e Dungeons & Dragons to run this campaign.
Tour the School
We used maps from The Fall of Mith: Mithos Manor as the basis for the school. These maps worked great for our purpose, but you could make your own, or use other ones you already have.
We printed them out and put them on the table so the Rugrats could visualize where they were.
The new students met their teachers (that’s us!) and one of the goblins in the kitchen. This goblin, the most civilized of all goblin residents at the school, asked the students to take care of a little problem upstairs.
Fight the Dire Rats
The trio of new adventures made their way into a series of storage rooms while their teachers waited in the hallway.
Rugrat #3, a barbarian with a frying pan (we are using a club’s stats and just calling it a frying pan), waded in bravely.
“I’m good at this!” Yelled Rugrat #3 as she hit one with her frying pan.
The boys followed in close to behind. Rugrat #1 used his shocking grasp cantrip while Rugrat #2 used his sneak attack and rapier.
Learn, Learn, Learn
Math: recognizing numbers, adding dice together, identifying the values and shapes of the various dice, subtracting hit points
Reading: locating, reading and recognizing words on the character sheet
Storytelling and Visualization: picturing what was described, and playing along with the story
Teamwork Skills: finding the best strategies to defeat the swarm of oversized rodents
The Rugrats have learned chores and good behaviour in the real world will earn them inspiration points for the game. For those new to D&D, these can be used for a bonus on rolls. We are hoping this encourages them to do things around the house with a good attitude.
One Last Lesson
I’ve heard a lot about the pepper and soap experiment, and I figured this was the perfect thing to start our first potions class off with. It also served as the perfect transition out of the game, and back into the real world.
Potions: The Magical Substance Called Soap
I put the pepper in the bowl of water, then I put dish soap in a small container.
Everyone put their fingers into the pepper and water and watched as the “germs” clung to them.
Then we dipped our fingers in the “magical potion” and watched what happened when we put our fingers in the pepper water again.
I had them guess what the magical potion was, and then we talked about cleanliness, soap, germs, and of course, COVID-19.
Join Us Again Soon
The new students have only just started to explore the school, and more trouble awaits.
Stay tuned: we’ve got more adventures to come.